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    1. For the electoral vote, laws allocating electoral vote allocation to the winner of the popular vote nationally, along with a provision that it doesn't take effect unless states with 270 EVs have passed it.  This is an end run around a constitutional amendment to get rid of the electoral college.

    2. I favor ranked-choice voting but not in some states and not others.  This one has to happen by constitutional amendment so all states do it.  A good starting point is ranked choice voting for state legislatures (where the same dynamic is at work); this is a lot more doable and ultimately breaks up some of the congressional gerrymandering and creates a state level environment conducive to getting an amendment ratified.

    •  Good luck with that. (0+ / 0-)
      This one has to happen by constitutional amendment so all states do it.
      I think that's highly unlikely, especially with all those gerrymandered states.  However, in Florida, where I am, a state amendment can be passed, and we'd be in a position to immediately make the elected bodies more representative.  And whether the state amendment passes is not dependent on overcoming the existing gerrymandering - only on breaching the 60% threshold, which is hard enough.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:42:49 PM PST

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